It’s not uncommon for a guitarist to be tasked with coming up with a “tight” rhythm part. This holds particularly true when playing funk, soul, and old-school R&B music. However, “tight” rhythm parts are also commonly necessary for sharpening blues, rock, jazz, and country songs.
In his course, Funk House: Tight Rhythm, Carl Burnett helps you lock into the pocket with his intuitive approaches to chord construction, rhythmic approaches, and a tight groove.
Here are two full video funk guitar lessons from the course. For the full course and all of the lessons, check out Carl Burnett’s Funk House: Tight Rhythm on TrueFire!
Funk Guitar Lesson – “Funk Is Here” – Overview, Performance, & Breakdown
This next one is a 70’s style funk groove similar to “Sun Is Here”. This is the period in music where we had lots of funk bands, and the sound really developed with lots of cool, interesting guitar parts defining the genre.
For this one, we’ll be in the key of A minor using basic triad shapes. Let’s check it out!
Funk Guitar Lesson – “Chord Flavor” Performance & Breakdown
This next one is going to have a soul/R&B feel to it. You’re gonna hear that there’s a Wurlitzer and organ in there, and we’re using our triad and seconds to voice the guitar part like we’ve been looking at. Let’s see what we can come up with.
Here we’re making more use out of major and minor triads. Check out how these simple voicings can move to make a signature part with flavor and character.
Digging these free funk rhythm guitar lessons? Check out Carl Burnett’s full course, Funk House: Tight Rhythm.